CAMRA Website of the Year 2017

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  • freshers societies Welcome Freshers! - It’s that time of year again when Sheffield welcomes around 20,000 new students who are beginning their degrees at one of our two excellent universities. Sheffield & District CAMRA would like to welcome you to what we think is the best city in the country for real ale! There are more than 300 pubs in […]
  • Paul Hamblett of Church End Champion Beer of Britain - You might have seen by now that Church End Brewery’s Goats Milk won the coveted CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain prize at the recent Great British Beer Festival in London. Unfortunately there were no Sheffield winners in any of the categories this year, but now your chance is here to change that in the future. […]
  • sheffield ale trails Ale Trail prize winner - We recently held a competition to promote the launch of our Ale Trails, with everyone who signed up to the mailing list by the end of July entered into a draw to win a free night out courtesy of Sheffield & District CAMRA. We had almost 100 entrants, and we can now reveal that the […]
  • young members Young Members - CAMRA is hosting its first ever Young Members’ Forum this October to debate and promote the ideas and issues that affect the campaign’s younger members. The Young Members’ AGM will also take place at the same time, and will see the election of the new chairman and committee members. Every CAMRA member aged between 18 […]
  • beer census logo Beer Census 2017 app - You might have seen the article in the August edition of Beer Matters where we revealed the results of this year’s Sheffield Beer Census, which took place on 10 June. Well, we have now released a web app designed to let you explore the results for yourself! We might have given you the headline figures […]


  • The Wednesday Thornbridge Brewery - In partnership with Sheffield Wednesday we have produced a special new beer for match days at Hillsborough. Wednesday Pale Ale (4.0%) was launched on the concourses and in hospitality lounges for the Championship clash with Nottingham Forest on Saturday 9 September. Simon Webster, Chief Executive Officer of Thornbridge Brewery, says “When we were given the opportunity […]
  • AcornLogo gold and white Acorn Brewery - Head brewer Steve Bunting recently visited Stocks Farm in Worcestershire to take part in one of their annual hop walks. Steve brought back with him sacks full of the precious fresh hop cargo and the following morning the Acorn team were busy using the First Gold variety for the latest brew of Pretty Green (3.5%). […]
  • steel city Steel City Brewing - The big news from Steel City is they have a new host, so after a 9-month hiatus can finally brew under their own license again. The first brew will be Demons Are Back (named after a Mortiis song, but you all knew that), and will be a Transatlantic Pale Ale featuring Rakau and Hallertau Blanc […]
  • Sheffield Brewery Company logo Sheffield Brewery - The Sheffield Brewery Company is pleased to announce that at the recent SIBA North & East Beer Completion, we came Gold in the small pack Mild Ales category for our light but highly flavoursome 3.5% porter, Brunswick Black.  The award was collected in person by our brewer, Nick Law, whose happy accident led to this […]
  • blue bee logo Blue Bee Brewery - We have had a busy September both at the brewery and on the road. After previous collaborations at our place with Abbeydale and North Riding we have finally got round to visiting them and brewing up a couple of great beers. Firstly, at Abbeydale we brewed a mega-hoppy rye and oat IPA, Are There Hops […]


  • shakespeares presentation September Pub of the Month presentation - Shakespeares showed just why they had been chosen for the September Pub of the Month award when members headed there for the presentation on 12 September, with nine real ales on offer, plus real ciders, and a range of craft keg and bottled beers. The regular ales, Stancill Barnsley Bitter and Abbeydale Deception were joined […]
  • olde nags head District Pub of the Season Summer 2017 - Our District Pub of the Season award is intended to recognise those pubs outside Sheffield city limits; any pub meeting that simple criteria is eligible for the award. The Summer 2017 edition of the competition was a two-horse race between the Eyre Arms at Hassop and the Olde Nags Head in Castleton. Following a hard-fought […]
  • kelham island tavern Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2017 - Sheffield’s Kelham Island Tavern has been announced as joint winner of CAMRA’s Yorkshire Pub of the Year competition for 2017. The Tavern was entered into the contest having won Sheffield & District CAMRA’s Pub of the Year award a few months ago, and was up against all the other pubs put forward by CAMRA branches […]
  • shakespeare_1 Pub of the Month September 2017 - I moved to Kelham Island, Sheffield in November 2011 after a little over 10 years of residence in the fine city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Now, a period of that magnitude does not pass without the establishment of some routines, one of which got the weekend off to an early start with a few pints, a pub […]
  • harlequin certificate Cider Pub of the Year presentation - The seasoned real ale drinkers of Sheffield & District CAMRA were drinking pints of a fruitier variety on Wednesday 26 July, as several of us paid a visit to the Harlequin on Nursery Street for the Cider Pub of the Year presentation. It was the fourth time the pub has taken the award, adding to […]


  • church house Church House, City Centre - Tucked away behind the main road near Sheffield Cathedral you will find the Church House, a lively pub in a Grade II listed building. The building was originally constructed in 1860 by the Church of England Educational Institute, an organisation formed in 1839 to promote the education of young adults. Over the next hundred years […]
  • ClosedShopBW Closed Shop, Commonside - Following months of uncertainty surrounding the future of a popular Sheffield pub, The Closed Shop is set to re-open its doors this weekend after two beer-loving entrepreneurs stepped in to secure the future of their much loved local. Thomas Gill and Adam Hague, perhaps best known as being the co-owners of Neepsend-based Stancill Brewery, first […]
  • harlequin side The Harlequin, Kelham Island - For the second consecutive year The Harlequin was a finalist at The Great British pub awards, having been nominated for National Cider Pub of the Year by industry newspaper The Morning Advertiser. Unfortunately it was close but no cigar again, but to be nominated is testament to how the pub champions cider. Live music for […]
  • Carbrook Hall panelled room 2 by Michael Slaughter LRPS Carbrook Hall - Sheffield CAMRA believe that the current owner of Carbrook Hall is in talks with a ‘multinational coffee chain’ about turning the building into a drive-through café. Carbrook Hall is one of only two pubs in Sheffield which have Grade II* listing. These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest.  Listed building consent must […]
  • shakespeare_1 Heritage Pubs – Shakespeare’s - Built in 1821 as a multi-roomed coaching inn, Shakespeare’s has undergone various changes. For many years an S.H. Ward’s pub, the well-known live music venue was closed by Punch Taverns in early 2010. It re-opened 18 months later, with the original passageway to the yard creatively turned into another room. At the same time, the […]


Inn Brief

  • Inn Brief

    The Cherry Tree on Carter Knowle Road has retained its Asset of Community Value status after surviving the review requested by Enterprise Inns. The planning appeal has also been won.

    The Frog & Parrot has reopened following refurbishment to freshen up the interior.

    The Old House on Devonshire Street has reopened as the Devonshire following a makeover.

    Edward’s bar is set to open at the end of September on Glossop Road in the premises previously known as the Stone & Taps and the Swim Inn.

    The closed down West Street Ale House, along with the neighbouring building, is being demolished to be replaced with an 11-storey block of flats.

    The Old Mother Redcap at Bradway (a Samuel Smith’s pub) is currently closed and looking for a new live in management couple.

    The Old Hall Hotel at Hope was recently noted as having guest ales on the bar from JW Lees and Robinsons rather than an all-Theakston range on your correspondent’s last visit, with the Lees Epic (3.9%) being a very pleasant golden ale.

    Work has started on the Guzzle micropub at Woodseats in a former shop unit across the road from the library and KFC. It will offer draught cask and keg beers and is hoping to be open by October. You can follow the progress on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    A micropub and bottle shop is still being planned for the unit on Ecclesall Road previously occupied by Eccy Booze, by the people behind the Brew Foundation. Things have been moving slowly but we are told it is still happening.

    Exit 33 Mosaic is now a regular beer on the bar at the Washington.

    With the end of summer, Sunday roasts are now back on the menu at the Beer Engine.

    The Ale House on Fraser Road is holding a ‘Not the Whitby Folk Week’ from 29 September to 1 October with a range of beers from Whitby Brewery – including a meet the brewer event on the Friday, a music programme and a food matching event. Details on their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/SCKB250.

    The Rutland Arms on Brown Street is holding a vegan tasting menu event on 1 November, advance booking is necessary.

    The Off the Shelf Festival of Words will see beer writer Pete Brown come to Sheffield on 27 October for an event at Hop Hideout to talk about his new book Miracle Brew, where there will also be a beer tasting. Tickets are available from the festival website.

    The Butcher’s Arms at Marsh Lane is now run by the Hop & Hook Pub Company, a joint venture involving RAW Brewery and Pigeon Fishers with their beers on the bar plus guests.

    The Grindstone in Crookes has reopened under new management; it is still a Greene King pub but they are now featuring guest ales from local brewers, such as Chesterfield’s Ashover Brewery.

    The name of the new bar being built in the old Town Hall toilets has been revealed as the Public. The bar will be run by the team behind the Great Gatsby on Division Street and Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road.

    The Old Crown Inn on London Road has reopened under new management, and will continue to serve real ale.

    The second of the Steel City Beer Festival beer mat auctions raised £10.45 for Weston Park Cancer Charity. Hopefully next time there will be a few more bidders and we can raise even more money for the charity!

    The results of a recent national survey have found that Yorkshire is the joint-cheapest county in the country for a pint of beer, at an average price of £3.30 a pint, a price matched only by pubs in Hertfordshire.

    Plans have been submitted for the demolition of the former Acorn Inn, Shalesmoor (most recently a printing shop), to make way for a block of 21 apartments.

    The Punchbowl in Crookes is advertising for a new licensee after the former landlord moved to the Three Tuns on a tenancy-at-will. The Tuns will continue to serve real ales from the Punch Taverns list, and has a small selection of hot and cold sandwiches and chips available at lunchtime.


Below is a guide to beer events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next month or two. Whilst we believe the information is correct, we advise checking direct with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys. Latest listings of CAMRA organised beer festivals can be found on the  national CAMRA website and a guide to commercial festivals and pub events can be found online on aletalk.


York CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival

Wed 20 – Sat 23 Sep

York CAMRA are holding their annual beer and cider festival at York Racecourse, with around 500 beers and more than 100 ciders available. There will also be live music over the weekend. CAMRA members can buy a festival “season” ticket for £8, which will grant you entry to every session. Full times and ticket details are available at yorkbeerfestival.co.uk.

Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival

Thu 28 – Sat 30 Sep

The last weekend in September sees Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA host their ‘Beers of the Roses’ festival at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Featuring a selection of 50 beers, ciders and perries from both sides of the Pennines and around the UK, there will also be food available until 9pm on each evening. See www.hxcalderdalecamra.org.uk for all times and prices.

Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 28 Sep – Sun 1 Oct

The 8th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October 2017. The former Herbert Strutt Grammar School is situated on the A6 just outside the town centre and has its own car park, with the railway and bus stations only a short walk away and buses stopping right outside the venue.

There will be live music in the main hall on Friday and Saturday nights – for full details of all entertainment, opening times and prices, please visit www.ambervalleycamra.org.uk. Advance tickets are not required at any sessions but be sure to arrive early to ensure admission. Over 18’s only after 6pm. There is free wi-fi at the venue. Dogs are welcome but only allowed in certain areas.

Cross Scythes Beer Festival

Thu 28 Sep – Sun 1 Oct

The Cross Scythes on Derbyshire Lane, Norton Lees, is celebrating Cask Ale Week with their very own beer festival. The weekend will see new beers from Thornbridge, alongside guest ales from Dark Star, Marble, Titanic, Brew York and the Wild Beer Co. There will also be plenty of food available, with pizzas from the Nether Edge Pizza Company on Thursday, gourmet hot dogs on Friday, PizzaaMano on Saturday and a beer and cheese tasting on Sunday. A beer quiz on Sunday evening rounds off the evening nicely.

Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival

Wed 11 – Sat 14 Oct

The annual Robin Hood festival takes place at Nottingham Castle for the final time before redevelopment works begin. With almost 1,300 ales and more than 300 ciders, the festival is one of the largest beer festivals in the world. This year also sees a new gin bar introduced. Ticket prices start from £10, rising to £20 for more popular sessions. Visit www.nottinghamcamra.org for further information.



  1. All the best for Sheffield Beer Festival.
    I hope the beers especially from the local breweries are not overpriced as they have been, especially last year!!

  2. Bassetlaw Beer Festival, Grafton Hotel, Worksop; 11/12 July
    Worley Men’s Club Beer Festival; 17/18 July

  3. Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival is delayed this year but has now been announced as 22-24 September and re-titled ‘Doncaster Town Beer festival’, not the 26th annual – that will be next year in the more usual Easter slot.

    The 2016 event is based at the Diamond Live Lounge on Wood Street/Waterdale and this will be the CAMRA manned location with around 50 beers expected to be available. In addition, many town centre pubs are taking part and will have festival bars and extra available.

    There would normally be an annual #DN1 event at the end of October/start of November but this year the two events have been merged to try and give Doncaster a different type of festival weekend.

    More details to be finalised, keep an eye on http://www.doncastercamra.org.uk nearer the time 😉

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